Mexico manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino was moving the Atlanta United of Major League Soccer erstwhile the squad made Miles Robinson the No. 2 wide prime of the SuperDraft successful 2017.
Martino watched helplessly Sunday nighttime arsenic Robinson headed location the decisive extremity for the United States successful the waning minutes of other clip for a 1-0 triumph successful the title lucifer of the CONCACAF Gold Cup astatine Allegiant Stadium.
Robinson was already 1 of the stars due to the fact that of his antiaircraft prowess passim overmuch of the match, putting his aerial superiority successful beforehand of his ain extremity connected show to assistance support a chaotic crippled scoreless earlier his heroics lifted the U.S. to victory.
The 24-year-old defender, who played collegiately astatine Syracuse, maneuvered his mode done respective defenders and knocked Kellyn Acosta’s well-placed escaped footwear into the backmost of the nett with authorization successful the 117th minute.
Robinson and the remainder of the U.S. broadside held disconnected Mexico successful the adjacent fewer minutes earlier the solemnisation began.
The overwhelmingly partisan-Mexican sold-out assemblage of 61,514, the archetypal capableness assemblage for a sporting lawsuit astatine the stadium and the astir fans to ticker a shot crippled unrecorded successful Nevada, were treated to a frenetic lucifer adjacent if neither squad could people until the end.
The teams combined for 36 shots, including 22 from Mexico.
Matt Turner, named goalkeeper of the tournament, made a spectacular diving prevention connected a header successful the container disconnected a country successful the archetypal fractional and stopped 5 on-target attempts.
The U.S., which near astir of its top-line players disconnected the roster for this tournament, allowed Mexico to transportation 64 percent of the possession and make respective bully chances.
“We gave up much chances than we would person liked, but accelerated guardant and it’s 0-0 and they’re asking questions astir themselves due to the fact that they didn’t person a goal,” Turner said.
It was the U.S. that yet recovered the answer.
“We did not stop,” manager Gregg Berhalter said. “It was relentless from us. That’s the people of a bully team.”
His squad won each 3 matches of the knockout signifier 1-0 with each of the winning goals coming successful the 83rd infinitesimal oregon later.
Despite the exclusion of truthful galore of the top-tier talents who volition statesman World Cup qualifying this year, Berhalter said helium ever thought the squad helium was putting connected the tract could triumph the Gold Cup.
His religion was rewarded.
“It was the champion day acquisition I could’ve gotten, but it wasn’t for me,” said Berhalter, who turned 48 connected Sunday. “It was for the players. I’m truthful excited for them and arrogant of them. I truly wanted it for this group.
“I can’t accidental capable astir their tone and hard enactment and dedication. It was a large period for them.”
Robinson’s heroics mightiness person enactment his erstwhile coach’s tenure arsenic caput of the Mexican nationalist squad connected beingness support.
The Argentinian debuted with a Gold Cup rubric implicit the United States successful 2019, but the vultures were circling Sunday aft Mexico mislaid its 2nd large tourney title crippled to its rivals this summer.
The U.S. won the inaugural Nations League rubric with a 3-2 other clip triumph implicit Mexico successful June and has won 7 Gold Cups, 2nd to Mexico’s 11.
It’s the 2nd clip successful 7 tries that the U.S. bushed its rivals successful the title game